• Design for Scale: It Takes All Kinds of Policies To Scale Structured Pathways

    In my travels around the country, I often hear about the importance of policy. By policy, however, most of the time people are referring to “Big P” policy--laws on the books that mandate action in one direction, or appropriations that direct public funding. Legislative mandates, such as Connecticut’s Public Act 12-40 in 2012 or Ohio’s new performance-based funding model, get significant attention. This comes as no surprise as laws that constrain institutional behavior and split the appropriations pie certainly warrant attention.

    There is considerably less interest in “Little p” policy.  I can safely say that I rarely hear a word about administrative rules and regulations, or board or system policies, despite their importance in effectively- and efficiently-run systems. And I...

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